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mary_lou_prince_photo-1Mary Lou Prince is pleased to be leading the effort to bring an Encore Chorale to Salt Lake. The Chorale, which she will conduct, will begin rehearsals in September 2013.

Mary Lou Prince brings 35 years of professional experience as a conductor, composer and music educator to the Salt Lake Encore Chorale.  In Arizona she created two choirs for older adults, the Santa Rita Chorale and the La Posada Singers.   In addition to their regularly scheduled public performances, The Santa Rita Chorale became part of the community by singing at memorial services in the Tucson Medical Center Hospice Chapel and by participating in Interfaith Worship services around the Tucson area.  Performances of Prince's music by the Chorale raised money for residents of the city dump site in Nogales, Mexico, "Comin' Home", an organization in Tucson dedicated to helping homeless veterans find permanent housing, and to the Red Cross for victims of the tsunami in Japan.

 

In 2010, Prince formed a women's chorus to perform music that she composed for the musical theater piece "Man from Magdalena".  All of the singers were over the age of 60, one of them was 83.  From 2010-2012 the play was performed in three states and 50% of all gross proceeds were sent to micro loans in Mexico and Central America through the organization Kiva.   Proceeds from performances have now underwritten over $70,000 to small business owners in those countries.

The La Posada Singers were residents of a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Green Valley, AZ.  They performed annual Autumn and Spring concerts, and sang monthly to residents in the care facilities on campus including Assisted Living, the Alzheimer's unit and the Full Time Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Prince lived in Kanazawa Japan for 24 years, composing and performing music for Japanese instruments.  She and playwright Patty Willis co-founded a theater group and performed collaborative work at international theater festivals in Japan, Scotland and the U.S.  Her work won national composing awards and was featured on NHK Television, BBC Radio, Voice of America, Asahi Television and Kanazawa television stations.  Prior to her time in Japan, she lived in Los Angeles and taught choral music in elementary, junior high and high schools, music history for UCLA Extension courses, and conducted church choirs.

She holds a Master's Degree in Music Composition from Brigham Young University and spent a year in Paris studying composition with Nadia Boulanger.

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Encore is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.

All Encore programs are conducted by professional artists who will know how to get the most from their members. So come join the excitement, either as a beginner or at an advanced level. This is an excellent way to learn how to develop or improve your musical abilities, meet new friends, and look forward to an exciting performance schedule.

You’re never too old to try something new—and have the time of your life!

"I am an old man, but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life." Pablo Casals (1876 - 1973), O Magazine, October 2003

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As of September 2016, Encore has fifteen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, as well as five new Encore ROCKS locations. Additionally, Encore continues to expand across the nation, with Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA; Littleton and Highlands Ranch, CO; Santa Clarita, CA; and six in the Chicago area. With over 1,200 singers, we believe we are the largest choral organization in the U.S.!

If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower, join our other music enthusiasts for weekly instructional class/rehearsals with our seasoned and professional conductors.

The Chorale classes, designed for adults 55 years and above, are educational as well as enjoyable. Participants learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve their voice through correct tone production as their conductor guides them through weekly rehearsals in three- and four-part singing. The season concludes with combined performances with other Chorales as well as local concerts at most Chorale locations.

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